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So I've been looking around a bit and it looks like this typically is not a good idea as an RCA is a line level and speaker wire is not and a couple of other reasons. Well, I have an older (8 years) Sony SS-WS12 that was a part of the Sony DAV-FR1 that I want to hook up to a newer receiver that does not have a speaker wire input for the sub, but only the RCA type connector. Any way I can continue to use this subwoofer?

The speaker wire from the sub is actually hardwired to the sub and it has 4 wires that went into two connectors in the previous system. Do I need to get a new sub, or can I do some homebrewed solution? I'd rather the latter as I don't really want to buy a new sub when the old one works fine. Experts, I am asking you, am I screwed?
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The sub is passive. It means that it doesn't have it's own dedicated amplifier. If you tried to do as you suggested, you would get nothing. The rca out on your receiver is only a line level signal with no power. If you got an amp to place between the receiver and your sub it would work but money wise and performance wise you're probably better off buying a new sub.
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^^^^ this.
Time for a new sub.
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Did you find a solution?

Hi. I also have the SS-WS12. I understand from Sony that it is an active speaker, so I assume that 2 of the 4 wires is for power and the other 2 are for speaker(s). I wondered if you had found out which wire was for what ? Thanks
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Hi. I also have the SS-WS12. I understand from Sony that it is an active speaker, so I assume that 2 of the 4 wires is for power and the other 2 are for speaker(s). I wondered if you had found out which wire was for what ? Thanks
It's a passive sub. It has two drivers, each of which has its own connection. https://www.manualscenter.com/manual...l#.XvovVF-SkuV

I doubt that it'd be worth the trouble of getting it to operate with an external amplifier.
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